Power To Be uses a Theory Of Change framework as an evaluation tool that looks at the intricacies of people and how they change behaviourally, physically, and socially. Our program theory of change is: “Power To Be’s participants’ sense of self and community is positively increased by removing barriers to access nature-based programs”. To achieve this change, our programming approach is guided by 8 outcomes to support growth and impact in our participants.
Our Proficiency and Confidence outcome in our Theory of Change looks for participants to increase their ability, knowledge, and confidence in outdoor activities. This includes a wide variety of skill sets such as navigating difficult hiking terrain, becoming a more efficient paddler, working through a personal fear, challenge, or goal, or developing leadership skills. Through our programs, we support participants to learn and progress in these skills in a safe and inclusive space. We then aim for participants to continue practicing more complex skills, while building their confidence. Our hope is that with this support participants are then able to take their skills to the point of independence in the activity.
For one participant this past year their goal was to try paddleboarding. After a successful first few tries, they came away feeling proud and accomplished, but also ready to take on more. They have now set new goals for themselves to progress in their ability to balance and navigate on the board. Another participant came to us hoping to work on their leadership skills this year, with the idea of co-leading a virtual program with our staff. Working collaboratively with a program staff member, the participant ran four virtual programs to 12 participants and is keen to do more.
Both participants attributed a part of their success to the supportive environment Power To Be provided, allowing them to go at their own pace with no judgment.
“Power To Be gives people the ability to do things that they used to do or haven’t tried in a way that is supportive and empowering.”